Illinois earns win over Nebraska wrestling based on match points

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — No. 20 Nebraska and No. 12 Illinois each won five matches during NU’s Big Ten dual opener Friday night.

The match ended in a 17-17 tie, and Illinois was awarded the win by earning a criteria point for finishing with more match points (51-49).

The dual was tied 11-11 through six matches when Illinois’ Emery Parker was able to rally for a 9-7 decision over No. 6 Taylor Venz at 184 pounds. Venz led 7-1 midway through the third period before Parker got a takedown and two near-falls.

NU won the next two matches as Eric Schultz got a takedown in overtime for a 4-2 win at 197 and then heavyweight David Jensen got an early four-point near-fall in a 7-2 win. That gave NU a 17-14 lead, but Illinois’ Travis Piotrowski defeated Mitchell Maginnis 4-2 at 125 in the final match.

Illinois 18, Nebraska 17

125: Travis Piotrowski, I, dec. Mitchell Maginnis, 4-2. 133: Dylan Duncan, I, dec. Brian Peska, 6-1. 141: Mike Carr, I, dec. CJ Red, 6-3. 149: Colton McCrystal, N, major dec. Eric Barone, 8-0. 157: Tyler Berger, N, major dec. Kyle Langenderfer, 11-2. 165: Isaiah Martinez, I, tech. fall Johnny Blankenship, 18-2. 174: Beau Breske, N, dec. David Riojas, 4-2. 184: Emery Parker, I, dec. Taylor Venz, 9-7. 197: Eric Schultz, N, dec. Andre Lee, 4-2 SV-2. 285: David Jensen, N, dec. Duece Rachal, 7-2.

In other Big Ten duals:

» Seventh-ranked Iowa won nine of its 10 matches in rolling to a 49-6 win over Michigan State on Friday night.

The Hawkeyes, who improve to 8-0 in duals this season, earned bonus points with all nine wins, including six pins.

Iowa got pins from Spencer Lee (125 pounds), Paul Glynn (133), Brandon Sorensen (149), Michael Kemerer (157), Cash Wilcke (197) and heavyweight Sam Stoll.

Iowa 49, Michigan State 6

125: Spencer Lee, I, pinned Rayvon Foley, :46. 133: Paul Glynn, I, pinned Matt Santos, 6:13. 141: Javier Gasca, M, pinned Carter Happel, 4:04. 149: Brandon Sorensen, I, pinned Jwan Britton, 3:45. 157: Michael Kemerer, I, pinned Jake Tucker, 4:21. 165: Alex Marinelli, I, tech. fall Austin Hiles, 24-5. 174: Joey Gunther, I, major dec. Logan Richie, 15-5. 184: Mitch Bowman, I, major dec. Shwan Shadaia, 9-0. 197: Cash Wilcke, I, pinned Nick May, 5:54. 285: Sam Stoll, I, pinned Matt Lloyd, 2:03.